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How to Save Time Editing Videos in Adobe Premiere Pro

teacher avatar Ben Rowlands, Professional Musician and YouTuber

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    • 2.

      Editing your Workspace


    • 3.

      Creating Project Templates and Presets


    • 4.

      File Organisation and Footage Import


    • 5.

      Editing at 2X Speed and Customizing Shortcuts


    • 6.

      Using Shortcuts and Hotkeys


    • 7.

      Default Transitions


    • 8.

      Custom Audio and Video Effects Folders


    • 9.

      Using Adjustment Layers for Colour Grading and Effects


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It has been very important to me, to learn how to quickly and efficiently edit inside of Adobe Premiere Pro. In this Skillshare Class, I will take you through a variety of different tips. That will help you optimise your workflow inside of Adobe Premiere Pro. 

This class will explore different ways you can customise your Adobe Premiere Workspace, along with using Hotkeys and Keyboard Shortcuts to create a flow when editing footage. 

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Ben Rowlands

Professional Musician and YouTuber


Ben Rowlands is a YouTuber and TikToker! With over 750,000 Followers and 400,000,000 Views! Within one year he grew his YouTube Channel to over 100,000 Subscribers! On TikTok it took only a matter of months for Ben to reach the same milestone!

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With channels spanning multiple niches including Tech, Music, Gaming and Media! Ben is also a Professional Musician with BA (Hons) in Music Industry Practice. With a huge passion for creating and performing Music! 

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1. Introduction: Hey, what's up. Hope you're having a fantastic day. Welcome to this Adobe Premiere Pro Video Editing class. In this series of videos, you're going to learn how to edit faster inside of Adobe Premiere Pro. As a solo content creator, a challenge that I was facing was the amount of time wasted editing my YouTube videos. It's very inefficient and I needed to speed it up in order to help grow my social media platforms. In this class, we will take a look at how we can customize our Adobe Premiere Pro Video Software so we can have easy access to all of the features that we need. I'll show you a fast and efficient file organization method so you can quickly import all of your footage within a single click, we'll also take a look at editing at two times speed using shortcuts and hotkeys, and I will show you how you can create templates and presets within Adobe Premiere Pro so you can recall particular project settings. If all of this sounds of interest to you and your main goal is to reduce the amount of time you spend sitting editing your YouTube videos, then join me here for this Skillshare class. 2. Editing your Workspace: The first thing we're going to take a look at customizing our workspace within Adobe Premiere Pro. Now for months and months and months, when I first began using Adobe Premiere Pro for all of my editing, I was just using the default workspace and for a majority of video creation, this is perfectly fine. But as you begin to work within Adobe Premiere Pro and you spend more time within each of the work panels, you will start to get frustrated with switching between all of the different workspaces depending on what you're actually doing on your video editing. Now for me personally, I don't mind switching between the different workspaces. It works perfectly fine for majority of things, especially if you're just doing maybe Instagram edits and you like to go through things sequentially, but when you're trying to turn things around a lot quicker rather, it's easier to have everything in a single panel. For example, if you take a look inside of Adobe Premiere Pro, you can see we have got these different workspaces that I've briefly touched on. We've got our Editing workspace, which is more orientated around doing the rough cut and editing the actual videos. You've got your Timeline, you've obviously here got your Program window, and then you have your Color workspace. Inside of here, you've got your lumetri Color panel so you can already start coloring all of your footage, doing color correction, or actually color grading depending on what you wish to do. Then you have your Effects panel. This is orientated around adding things like video transitions, audio transitions, video effects such as crop, all these transform effects, warp stabilizer. This is where you may wish to do that. Then you have your Audio where you'll mix your project within here, add any audio effects within the Mixer panel. Same again, here, you've got your Graphics panel where you can use Essential Graphics presets or create your own, etc. Now what I do is on my main video editing machine, I use an ultra-wide monitor and I have this fully optimized so I can access all of those panels I just showed you, but on a single screen. You can do this on whatever type of panel you're using and I'll show you how. What I'm going to do is I'm going to take a workspace that I don't use too frequently and that's the Effects one. I very, very rarely use this Effects view. We're going to customize this to be more orientated around what I do within Adobe Premiere Pro. You can see here, we can begin to resize particular window. I'm going to make this Effects panel way smaller because I don't need it to be as large because it has a lot of wasted space over here. We're going to make this a lot smaller so we can just see our key frames and start adding them within this space here. I'm going to keep the Program window relatively large as that's what you spend a lot of time using. I'm going to keep my Timeline at the center and down here in the bottom left, we will keep our Project Bin so we have easy access to all of our files. I don't really require a designated area to my Effects. I hardly very rarely use the effects over them for just adding the odd video transitions such as cross, dissolve, and things like that but you can trigger those with particular shortcuts. We do not need to waste this space here. We could use it for something much more useful. I'm going to click and drag this Effect box and you can see it's allowing me to now reposition it anywhere within the software. For example, if you wish to, you could pop it to the left-hand side here so you can see how we've moved that away and we've now got it over here. But what I wish to do is, I actually wish to drag and drop it down into this lower left-hand corner. You can see now, we have got our Project Bin and we also have our Effects in the exact same corner because we're not going to be using both of these panels at the same time, but it's useful to have both of them at a click of a button. Now we have our Effects panel just right in the place that we need it. We can make this smaller again, our Effects controls. We don't need that to be as large, make that smaller. Now in this right-hand panel here, we now have access to our Essential Graphics, which is something I use all of the time and all of these other things that we don't really need. I don't really need Essential Sound because I very rarely use that so I'm just going to regular click on this little three button here and just click "Close panel". That will close that out. I'm going to keep the lumetric Color for a brief moment and I'm going to close everything else. I never use the Libraries, I never use Markers over them with my keyboard shortcuts, and finally, I never use the Info. I never look at this. Once my project is up and running, I never take a second look at that. Now, we have got our Essential Graphics and our lumetric Color to the right-hand side. We've got our Effects over here, which I use very frequently to add obviously key frames such as zooming things in or whatever it may be. Then we have access to our Effects panel down here. Now, I actually want my lumetri color to be separate to my essential graphics because you can see I still have to click into this particular workspace to use it, which is annoying because it closes the other one out and then it closes the other one out. You may actually prefer this, but me personally, I'm going to click and drag this and put it down here. Now they have completely separate boxes. We've got our Essential Graphics that we can browse at ease and we have our lumetri Color that we can also browse at ease. Now we have a pretty well-customized workspace. We've got our Timeline where we can quickly edit. We have super quick access to our color corrections so we can know quickly increase the exposure of a clip, the highlights, contrast. If you just need a quick tweak maybe a bit too cool so we increase the warmth. Just stuff so you can quickly adjust clips on the fly, very, very, nice. We've also got obviously access to our Essential Graphics so we can add text really quickly. We just add text, bang, we've added text without having to switch over the Graphics workspace. It's just being there straight away. Very convenient workflow here. I'm just going to undo that. Now is one final thing that I want to show you for customizing your workspace. Now if there's anything missing, for example, right now we don't really have access to any of our audio. We'd have to go to the Audio panel to start adding audio effects and accessing the mixer. Now if you go back to this panel here, we can add extra workspaces even if they're not currently appearing. If we go up to the Window tab and we just scroll down here, you can see here we have got the Audio Track Mixes and all these other things that we currently don't have open. You can see certain things have got ticks next to them and certain things do not. Well, the ones that have got ticks mean that they are currently viewable within our current workspace and the ones that aren't, obviously are currently not. We're going to choose our Audio Mixer Track and you can see that's now opened it up here. We now have access to our mixes and our effects. I'm just simply going to drag this down and add it into the folder with this lumetri Color. I've got quick access to my color correction and color grading and I also have quick access to any audio adjustments that I need to do within this tab. Very well optimized. Now the final thing that you'll want to do is you'll want to make sure you save this workspace. We'll go back up to the Window tab, go over to Workspaces, and now we can save this as a new workspace, so we'll click "Save as a New Workspace". Then here we can call it whatever we like. I'm going to call this Ben Video Edit Setup. Now I have got a custom workspace and I can click, "Okay", we'll click "Okay", and now you can see it has added it as a new workspace. We've got our regular Editing view, which is default, the regular coloring, and then obviously we have Effects, then we have Audio, and now we also have our new workspace, which is custom made for how I like to edit in Adobe Premiere Pro. Now if you are worrying and you wish to go back to the default program layout that you previously had in the workspace you edited, you can see obviously we've got Ben's Video Editing Setup which is fully customized. We will also have the Effects panel, which is no longer like how it was. It's no longer in its default setup like it comes straight out of the box. If you want to return it back to how it was, it's super easy. To reset a workspace back to its default state before you made all of the customization changes, all you need to do is just head on over to this particular work state that you're in and just click "Reset to Saved Layout". You can see it's totally reset our Effects panel back to the default setup that Adobe provides straight out of the box. If you wish to keep that there for whatever reason, you obviously can. Now we have our new workspace unchanged perfectly fine that we just set up within this video. 3. Creating Project Templates and Presets: The next thing I wish to share with you is creating templates and presets of your Adobe Premiere Pro projects. Something that is a feature that's really missing inside of Adobe Premiere Pro, is the ability to create proper templates that you can just recall very conveniently. If you've ever used music production software like Logic Pro X, one of the best features of that software is how easy it is to create templates that you can recall for different projects, depending on what you're creating. With Adobe Premiere Pro, there is a little bit of a workaround that we can do to try and create our own templates. Let's say, for example, you create particular videos for Instagram and you use certain effects within the audio channels, for your Instagram Stories or Instagram Reels, you can create a template that you can build up from scratch and edit straight away. Same as well, if you create YouTube videos with the same microphone and camera settings, you can create a template for those YouTube videos so you can boot up a blank slate, and all of your effects are predetermined and all of your assets are already loaded in, without you needing to do that again. The way we create a template inside of Adobe Premiere Pro, is actually very, very easy. What I'm going to do is, I'm just going to delete out this clip because I don't actually require it. What I want to do is we'll go over to the Audio tab, so my workspace matches yours. I'm going to add some effects that I always use on my microphones when I'm creating YouTube videos or courses like the one you're watching right now. If we go over to our audio tab and go to track mixer. Inside of the track mixer, this workspace allows me to add particular effects to my effects chain and this will be present on the entire audio track. For example, we've got audio track 1. If I add an EQ or whatever, I may add here compression to this particular audio channel, it will apply it to every single audio clip that will be present on audio channel 1. Same is true for audio channel 2, if we added particular effects here, any piece of audio that would be on this strip would be affected. This is also very much quicker than adding audio effects individually on each clip, which is very time consuming and not really required and also very taxing on your system. Obviously, the traditional way of adding effects to your audio clips is to individually add the audio to that particular clip. You can see we can add an amplified effect to this clip here. Then we can adjust our amplifier over here, make it louder, make it quieter. Then if we were to have multiple clips within the same part of the timeline, we would have to add the effects individually every single time to all of those clips and this is what you may be doing if you're brand new to Adobe Premiere Pro, but it's not necessary. Just delete all of that rubbish out that I added, go back to our audio, go to audio mixer. As I previously mentioned, if we were to now add amplify onto this audio channel 1, it will be applied to this entire piece of audio. Even if it's segmented up into multiple different clips, any piece of audio on this channel will now have this amount of amplify applied to it. Let's create a preset for our template. This template is going to be for my YouTube videos I create. Let's add about 4dB of amplifier, that's what I usually add on my microphone that I use and we'll go over to the compression, so we'll add some dynamics. I just use a standard preset here. I go into the dynamics, add soft compression, and just add the limiter and turn that on. Then the final thing that I add is a microphone EQ. We go to EQ, and I go down to the parametric one, I prefer this one the best, and then I'll just add high-pass. Just remove that rumble out of the bottom of the microphone, you can obviously increase this if you require or not, I just leave it around this point. That's all I do for EQ in my microphone. Very, very simple. I could be way more detailed with this, but it's perfectly fine. Now we have created our audio effects for this Adobe Premiere Pro template. Now, traditionally, back in the day when I was new to Adobe Premiere Pro, I would do that step every single time I would create a new video. Whenever I was releasing a new YouTube video, releasing a new course, I would do that every single time, which was very unnecessary. We have now added all of the effects I require to create a YouTube video. We can now go ahead and actually save this as a template. Now I'm just going to remove this footage from the template bin, because I don't really require this for this particular project file that I'm trying to create. I'm going to go up to File, and I'm going to click "Save As." We'll click "Save As." This will allow me to save a different copy of this file. I'm going to call this "YouTube Video Template". I can go ahead and I'm just going to save this to my destination for all of the footage within this course, saving that as a template. Now I'll just close out Adobe Premiere Pro, would actually just genuinely close it out. We're going to go over to our demo project. I am going to boot up this new file that we just created. Obviously, we've got time-saving tips, which is the previous file that we were just in and now we have the new version of this project that I just called YouTube Video Template. I can boot this up and now we are back in Adobe Premiere Pro. We have got our YouTube Video Template loaded in. Go over to our audio, and you can see that audio is now here. What I may wish to do from this point is, now go to File, and click "Save As." Now I will rename this to be, "This week's YouTube video" or whatever your video may be, we will call this, "This week's YouTube video." We can save this just to the same destination. Obviously, you may wish to change this, where all your footage is. Now we have created a new version of this file and we can go ahead and start adding our footage. If we go to our little folder over here, you can see we've created another copy of this template, and we can now start adding whatever we wish into here and it won't mess up what we have in the other templates. Now we can create this week's YouTube video straight from in here, export it, and we have all of our effects already in. You would also maybe have your color grading effects with an adjustment layer, any YouTube animation you use, such as your subscribe pop-ups, all that type of stuff. That's how you create a template to instantly recall particular settings in Adobe Premiere Pro. 4. File Organisation and Footage Import: I now want to move on to one of the most important parts of your workflow, which is file organization. Now, when I first began creating YouTube videos in Adobe Premiere Pro, I had literally zero file organization. I would just take my footage, drag and drop it onto my desktop, when I was using my old iMac, and I would go to town and start editing. Even sometimes I would edit directly off the SD card, which you don't really want to be doing. Now, the issue with not organizing your files and video footage on each project that you create is it makes it very difficult once you maybe create 30, 40 YouTube videos or whatever it is you're doing, to go back and find old footage. For example, if I was trying to reference something in a product review and I required a bit of B-roll from a video I did four months ago, it was virtually impossible for me to find that clip because I hadn't named it and I didn't know where on earth it was on my hard drive. I now want to take you through what I do when I organize my footage in Adobe Premiere Pro. Now, it's pretty simple really and quite obvious when you start to take a look at it. Here I've just got a file on my desktop called Demo Project, which is where all of the footage is for this particular course that we're filming. Now, I want to imagine that I am creating a project from brand new. What I usually do is I create a folder called Footage. Now, you can see inside of this folder, I have got all of the footage I require for this particular video I'm creating in Adobe Premiere Pro to demo all of these features. I've got a bit of B-roll over here, these two clips, and I also have a bit of A-roll. Now, what I would do here is if this was a real YouTube video, I would go inside of the Footage tab and then I would create sub-folders within this particular file. I'd create a new folder and I would call this Cam A, and then I would create a second folder and I would call this B Roll, and then I'd also create extra folders if I did multi-camera sequence. If I maybe did a three camera YouTube video, I would call this one, obviously, Cam B for my overhead camera, that's what that frequently is, and then I would also create a third folder called Cam C if I had an extra camera with a different view of me speaking or whatever it was doing. Then I would then take all of the footage off of my SD card and drag and drop that into the relevant places within my folder. For example, I'd take all of this B-roll here, put that into the B Roll folder, and then I take this A-roll here, put that into the A Roll, and you can see this shot here is an overhead shot, as you can clearly see that off the desk, and that would go into Cam B. You can now see when we go into each of these folders, have instant access to my B-roll, go into these folders have instant access to my A-roll and also my extra overhead camera. Now, you can obviously go one step further and start renaming these clips. For example, I would maybe call this the product name, so I would call this QC Guitar Floor B Roll because it's on the floor, and then I might say this is a wide shot, so I might rename this to be QC Guitar, because this's guitar effects product that we are reviewing, QC Guitar, and I would put these Wide because it's a wide shot of it, and this is all, obviously, slow motion. You could even go one step further in segregate your B-roll into slow motion folders, and 24 FPS folders. How much B-roll you have will determine on how detailed you need to be within this step. That's usually what I do. See how much cleaner that is and much easier to now access all of that footage? Now, there's a few different ways you can take your footage into Adobe Premiere Pro. One way is to just drag and drop it in, so you can literally just grab your footage and drag it into the timeline like that. I'm going to be honest, that's what I use most of the time. But if you have lots and lots of footage and it's going to take you ages to basically drag it in a clip at a time, you can go over to your project bin, if you remember back to our custom layout that we created, down in the bottom left-hand corner, I added a project bin, but if you just go to any tab it's usually there. You can go to your project bin and right-click, and you can click Import. Now, this is going to take you into your folders, your Finder on Mac, for example, and we can go to our Footage Tab and it's just going to import all of that footage in. You see it important to footage, these three items, it got all of our different folders, B Roll. That's a very easy way to organize your footage in Adobe Premiere Pro. You go about organizing it like we just did where we split it up into different folders and sub-folders within our desktop and then we just simply imported it straight into Adobe Premiere Pro and it saved it into all of its individual files without us having to duplicate all of that work. 5. Editing at 2X Speed and Customizing Shortcuts: Something that's very useful to speed up your editing inside of Adobe Premiere Pro is using shortcuts. Now, you'll be surprised by how many shortcuts there are inside of Adobe Premiere Pro. Something that's very cool is the fact that we can customize them to particular commands that you may remember easier than the default setup from Adobe themselves. Now there are some particular shortcuts that I would say I use every single time I edit a video that just saves you doing unnecessary mouse movement and clicking when you could just do it with a single press on your keyboard. Let's take a look inside of Adobe Premiere Pro. The first thing I want to do is head up to the preferences. We'll go Premier Pro, and down here you can see there's a tab called Keyboard Shortcuts. We'll click into here. Inside of this menu, you get an overview of all of the shortcuts that are currently set up within your Adobe Premiere Pro software. You can see these are the generic setup here. You got zoom in, zoom out, the different cut tools and selection tools that you can have access to, but you also can change the keyboard preset layouts. Right now, it's set to Adobe Premiere Pro default. But if you are maybe coming from Final Cut Pro for example, so you may be transitioning over for whatever reason, you can actually change all of your keyboard shortcuts to be exactly the same as Final Cut Pro, so you feel at home straight away with any editing software. Now I'm going to change it back to Adobe Premiere Pro because obviously, that's the software that I use. Let's say for a particular reason you wish to have the selection tool on N and you wish to have the rolling edit tool on V, so you're just switching them around. Well, what you can do, is you just simply select the selection tool here, and I'm just going to type in N. You can see here it's now mapped N to here, but disable the N down here. Then I'll just simply click V on the role edit tool, click and then type V. You can now see that the selection tool is on N and the roll edit tool is now on V. They've switched over. This is just an example of how you can customize these particular buttons. Now I'm not going to save that because I don't really want to, so I'm just going to go back to the default layer. We'll just exit out, click "Cancel". There's a couple of shortcuts that I just want to show you that I use all of the time. This is going to revolutionize how you edit within Adobe Premiere Pro. Now the first thing that I do, is I edit most of the time in two-time speed. I edit while I'm fast-forwarding in the clip. Traditionally, when I first began editing videos within Adobe Premiere Pro, I would just simply have a takeaway in regular time. I would go about, do my cuts here and there, delete out the clip, and then you drag it in like this. Then watch the next segment through and then do my edits accordingly. It's whatever needs to do, shorten that out. Perfectly fine workflow, but you can do it a lot quicker. What you can actually do is you can edit in 2x speed. You can click "Play". Then if you click L on your keyboard, it will play back all of your footage in super-fast time. Then if you click L again, it will play it back even quicker. At this point the audio is basically inaudible because it's going so quick. I usually just edit at that slightly quicker speed of times 2. You can see I'm in fast-forward right now. The audio is usually still audible, so I can hear what I'm saying. I can go about doing my editing while we are in fast-forward. Then I can go back and refine it if required. I could go back to this section here and just refine that point if needed. That's how I edit. The same is true as well. You can go forward in fast-forward. Then if you click J on your keyboard, it will slow down that time. You can watch backwards and then also watch backwards in super-fast time. This is really quick to just allow you to scurry through your timeline without basically watching a 10-minute video for 10 minutes, you would watch it for five minutes instead while editing at the same time. That's personally what I do and it saves me a lot of time. 6. Using Shortcuts and Hotkeys: Now, I want to give you a practical demonstration of using some of the fundamental keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys that will really help speed up your workflow. Now, if you are interested in learning all of the shortcuts on your keyboard, at least learn these four or five that I'm about to show you because it will totally transform how you go about editing. Now, if you wish to go about editing a clip, so you want to add a cut point, the traditional manual way to do this is to go to your toolbar and look for the selection razor tool. You can see you've got the cut tool. You select that manually and then you go about adding all of your cut points. Then you go back to your toolbar and then select the selection tool and you can go about editing your clips. Now, there's a way quicker way to do this if you just simply click C on your keyboard, this will give you instant access to the razor tool or the cut tool, whichever you wish to call it. This just allows you to instantly start cutting up your clip. Then if you click V on your keyboard, this will take you back to your selection tool which is your regular mouse cursor and then you can go about editing from there. Now, a very quick way to do cutting on your Adobe timeline is by using Q and also W. Now, normally what I do when I'm editing is I will use my cut tool using that shortcut I just shared with you and then I'll go about piecing my clips together and then I will select in-between them. You can see how that little white gap has appeared, and then I'll click ''Backspace'' on my keyboard and that will just ripple delete my clips closer to one another. I can just go about ripple delete, ripple delete, and then I can zoom in and go about editing them and fine tuning them if required. Now, that is a two, three-step process you may wish to say it is and it's actually faster way to do it than ripple deleting like I just did there. Let's say for example you have got a couple of edits on the go here. We've edited these clips here and we don't require this space, you see the space within the audio, we don't require that. Well, obviously you can see I just added two cut points and then I could delete this clip and then ripple delete it which is again a three-step process. What I could do instead is I could do my first cut point. I'll do my cut tool, then I can go up to the second point here and I'll grab the timeline header and what I'll do is I will click Q on my keyboard, and it will just delete that space automatically and ripple delete. You see how it delete that space, I'll just undo that. We'll zoom out slightly and then we'll redo rather. You can see how it automatically did that delete for me. I can go back here and I can click Q and you'll see an action, so it has just drag that clip and deleted the two spaces there. The same is true as well if you wish to delete a clip in front of it. Let's say we don't require this part of the audio. If you click W, it will cut out that front part of the clip and instantly ripple delete it. That's a very quick way to just literally basically all of your editing with the keyboard and not worry about moving the mouse around and doing that cutting, deleting, and ripple deleting. Way quicker way to work. The next shortcut that I use very frequently is the text tool. Now, a lot of the time I'll add text to the screen to illustrate a point that I may be talking about like a specification of a product. Originally when I was using Adobe Premiere Pro, I would go to the Essential Graphics panel, go to Edit, and then I would add a new layer, add a text, and then bang. I would add whatever I needed here, new text, and then I'd confirm my changes and then I'd go about changing my coloring everything. But what you can actually do is very easy. I'll just delete that out. All you need to do is just click T on your keyboard, the text tool will appear, you can then click where you want that text to be. Then I can just click text layer, type that in, that's it, done. Then I can just go back and get my selection tool. Now I can drag this around the screen way easier than what I just did previously which was add a new text layer. That just gets added randomly wherever it wishes on the timeline and then I have to position them. It's very convenient, click T, click where you want the text to go, then type it in. It saves you a lot of time especially when you're doing a lot of texts. 7. Default Transitions: One final shortcut that is very useful to know is how to add a default transition. Now, I, all of the time, love to add a cross dissolve between my clips, which is just that standard fade between two clips. The traditional way to do this is go to your effects panel, go over to video transitions, go to dissolve, and then drag over cross dissolve. Then there you go, you've got a default transition. Instead of manually dragging and dropping this in, what you can do is you can click on the edge of your clip, you can see how it's gone red, the edge of my clip. I'm going to use the shortcut Command D or Control D on a Windows machine. You can now see that's just added in a cross dissolve without me having to drag and drop that in just a simple shortcut Command D, bang, we have a cross dissolve, just like we would have if we dragged that in. Now, if you want to add a cross dissolve or rather default transition on either side of the clip. Obviously you can see I can add it in doing that and then click on the other side of the clip and add it in. Well, you can actually do that in a single press. If you just select the clip in its entirety and then do Command D, bang, you have a default transition on both sides of your clips. This is perfect if you have any B-roll and you want to fade it in and then you want to fade it out. That's just very easy to set up. You just simply click on your clip, select it, and do Command D. There you go. Your transitions are in place. 8. Custom Audio and Video Effects Folders: The next thing that I wish to share with you is creating custom folders for your most commonly used effects, so if you use a lot of audio effects very frequently and a lot of video effects repeatedly across a program. Instead of searching for those all of the time and going through all of the different categories of effects, you can create a custom folder so you have instant access to those in one single location. For example, if you wish to add an effect to a video clip, what you would normally do is you would either just go to your Effects panel like here, and you would go into the Video Effects and then you would scroll through each of the categories. Maybe you might go to Transform and then you go into the Transform and you'd look for the effect that you need and then you drag it onto your clip. Instead of doing that, which is a multi-click process, it takes a lot of time to browse the actual effects you require, you can create a custom folder. If you go down to the right-hand corner here, you see how it says create Custom Bin, if you just simply press on that, you can see it has now added a new folder and if we just double-tap on this, we can then give it a new name, we'll call this Ben's Effects. These are going to be the effects that I use all of the time when I'm editing my YouTube videos. What we can now do is we can go into our little bin here and we can drag our effects into it. If we, for example, go to Video Transitions, obviously, something I use all the time is Cross Dissolve, so I will grab my Cross Dissolve and drag that into Ben's Effects. Now inside of Ben's Effects, we now have access to a Cross Dissolve. Something else that I use all of the time is an Audio Transition, which is Constant Power. We go to Audio Transitions, go to Crossfades, Constant Power, drag that into Ben's Effects. There we go. Another effect I use all of the time, which is for video, and that is a Crop, that's in Distort and we'll look for it. No, it's not in here, but Warp Stabilizer is and I use that all the time, so we will add our Warp Stabilizer just by dragging it into our Custom Bin. Now we'll go about adding our Crop effect, which is actually inside of Transform, so we'll go to Transform, here it is, and Crop. There we go. That's something I use all of the time. We have now created a custom folder for all of my effects so I can close all of these out, never look at them ever again unless I specifically need something minor. Inside of Ben's Effects, we have got Constant Power, we've got Crop, Cross Dissolve, and Warp Stabilizer. Stuff I use in every single video that I create within one location. Now, whenever I'm editing, I can just be doing my thing using all of the shortcuts that I shared with you earlier to fly through the edit, and then if I need to add a crop effect, I can just drag and drop it in. Then I can go about and start affecting those parameters. Let's go to effects, start cropping in from the left-hand side, whatever it is you want to do to create 50-50 split, I just have instant access to them. I can then add my Cross Dissolve between my audio clips, Warp Stabilizer if I need to. Everything is there, just dragging and dropping without me having to go, right, I need a Warp Stabilizer now, searching for that, dragging it in, and then searching. I need a Crop effect and then dragging that in. You can see how that simple custom folder allows you to create a flow while you're editing without constantly being disturbed and having to search for the things you use a lot. 9. Using Adjustment Layers for Colour Grading and Effects: The final tip that I wish to share with you is using adjustment layers. Now, what I used to do is when I was brand new to Adobe Premiere Pro, whenever I would be adding my color correction or color grading clip, I would do each clip individually, which was totally insane and totally unnecessary. What I used to do inside of Adobe Premiere Pro, I used to spend the time to calibrate a particular clip, whatever it would be at my exposure, make it a little bit warmer at the saturation, whatever it is that I was doing. Once I had finished making my adjustments, I would then do Command C on the clip to copy it and then add head over to the next clip that needed those same parameters on there, and I would just paste the attributes. I'd right-click and click Paste Attributes, and then in here I could obviously choose limnetic colors, so I wanted to paste all of the color parameters onto this clip. I click Okay, and now this clip would have all of the color settings that this previous clip had. Totally ridiculous. Now, we do that for every single clip where there was an edit on my timeline, so I then go with the next clip, paste it in. Totally unnecessary, and also, it meant, if I was using duplicate effects on particular things, I would have so many of the same effect loaded in making my computer run a lot slower for no reason or benefit at all. But what you can do is you'd be pleased to know if I just undo all of that, you can actually just simply use something called an adjustment layer. If we go to our project bin, go down to this little add sign here, see the new item, and we'll click Adjustment Layer. Now here you can obviously set your size of the adjustment layer by default, it will choose whatever the sequence settings are, and I'll just click Okay, and now I've created my adjustment layer. Now, I've actually saved into this footage bin because I have that selected, so you go in here, you can see we've got an adjustment layer. What I'll do is I'll back out and just create a new one so you can see where it should appear. So you just do an adjustment layer and it would appear straight away that. We'll just drag and drop this in. On the surface, it's doing nothing right now. This adjustment layer isn't doing anything, you'd see doing absolutely nothing. However, if I were to add a bit of color on here, increase the saturation, I add a bit of exposure, whatever it is. I'm not doing a proper job here, but I'm making it very drastic so you can see what it's actually doing. You can see when I toggle the adjustment layer off, the clip returns back to normal, and if I enable it, it's fully color-graded and the same again, if I remove it from there, the clip is unaffected. Now, whatever is underneath this adjustment layer will have that exact same color grade effect. Whatever it is that's present within the adjustment layer will be now present on all of the clips below it. You can see these overhead clips are all over-saturated. These talking heads over-saturated, this is over-saturated and calibrated, all just within one layer. I now don't need that ridiculous thing that I was previously doing where I would copy and paste all of the effects and paste the attributes onto each clip individually. Now, you can take an adjustment layer one step further, so you can go to your effects panel for example, and you could add effects on to it, so let's say I wanted to add pillars, maybe trying to blur out a password or something when I was doing a tutorial, I can add my Gaussian blur. Just crank that up, and it will now be present on all of the footage. It's below that. If you needed to blur out the background for whatever reason, this is 100 percent doable and you don't need to duplicate those settings across multiple different clips. That's just a quick example of how you can begin to use adjustment layers for stuff like color grading and color correction within Adobe Premiere Pro. Now, there is one final thing and a quick tip that I want to share with you when it comes to color correcting a clip and I'll share that right now. This final tip is for the finishing touches stage of your video editing. Let's say you finished your video, and you have noticed that maybe this clip is a little bit on the pink side or maybe on the green side. That, just the white balance wasn't maybe to correct or the color signs of your camera is just not too nice, and all of this particular clip has got this problem. All of it is obviously slightly pink or green. Well, what you could do is obviously you could make a master adjustment to your adjustment layer. You can maybe make it more pink or you can make it more green. But that would obviously affect all of the other clips within your timeline. If you had B-rolled it, looked perfectly fine over this, that you didn't want to be adjusted, that wouldn't really be a solution. What you may end up doing is, you may go into your particular clip and just edit it. You might go right, I'm going to make it a little bit more green because it's too pink. Obviously this is very drastic just to illustrate a point. But then the problem is, you then have to go into each clip individually. You then have to go to this clip and go right, and it's you make that a bit greener and then go over the settings I used here, that was minus 16.3, so you then go write minus 16.3, which is totally unnecessary and unneeded because what you can actually do is instead of editing the individual clip that's currently being selected, you can actually edit the master source. If we go back and just reset this just by double-clicking, go back to this clip and double-click. If we go into our master source here, see this little master clip, we can make our footage whatever it needs, a bit greener, bit pinker, bit bluer, and now this will have been applied to the whole clip. This clip is got it. This clip is got it because this is the same clip. All of these clips are the same file Quad Cortex number 1. That now means every single file that is associated with this particular clip has had this master adjustment to it, which is minus 25 on that green and pink scale. Same is true for we increased the pink level, it's now done it across every single clip because we did that in a master adjustments. No matter where I go on this Quad Cortex clip number 1, it has got the exact same color settings, which is perfect for color correction. Because obviously this is the same clip, it now shares the same attributes. Now, if for whatever reason, a particular clip needs finer adjustments, and you don't want to adjust the master settings. You can just change panels and go to the particular clip and make the adjustments here. Make this super blue. You can see all of the other clips remain the same, but this one's blue because we make those changes within its individual clip parameters. That's just a final tip to share with you for quick color grading and color correction within your projects. 10. 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